Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats resoundingly rejected the state omnibus budget tonight because it fails the families, seniors and students of Michigan. Rather than putting the people of Michigan first, it cuts vital programs and spends $3 million for additional state defense costs related to legal liabilities stemming from the Flint water crisis.

“I would have been happy to vote for a bill that matched the needs of the working families, seniors and young people of...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The House Democrats called on Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans to go back to the drawing board and not continue to rush, as they do every year, on their proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will require several adjustments as the result of lower than expected revenues and increased costs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The governor and his Republican leaders promised us that giving corporations billions in tax breaks would...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

State Representative Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Bill 5617 today that would allow prosecutors to charge individuals who commit murder during second degree child abuse with first degree murder.

“A Genesee County assistant prosecutor brought the issue to my attention following two fatal child abuse cases in our county,” said Faris. “We need to give prosecutors another tool for making sure these horrible actions stop.”

Currently, someone found guilty of second degree child abuse resulting...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

House Democrats are applauding the bipartisan effort to pass a budget proposal out of the House Appropriations Committee today. While noting there is still room for improvement on the current proposal, House Democrats see adoption of several of their amendments as a positive sign moving forward in the negotiation process.

“I am happy that cooperation in the Appropriations Committee has yielded some good results. This is an important marker in the progress toward protecting seniors,...